We want to "Term. guardianship" of our daughter. My stepdaughter has guardianship of her half sister, but does not have her living with her. We've asked her to voluntarily sign the papers, she refuses. We went to court 2012 to "Term. Guardianship" That's when the Judge stated we needed to finish the CPS case plan, the case was closed in 2010, there is no case plan. DFS states they cannot add our cert. to a closed file. We had drug problems in the past and we are both clean for 1yr. with ability to provide for our daugher. We continue to program, I've started school, we've taken parenting classes and get visits bi-weekly with our daughter. Is there a way to let CPS- DFS know all they asked is complete with no open case pending? Or do we need to get a Lawyer to handle this for us.
Family Law Attorney
Get a lawyer. You need to reopen or refile the motion/petition to terminate the guardianship and you need a letter from CPS that the case is closed with no need to follow or complete any case plan (as there is no active case plan). A lawyer will be better able to "convince" CPS to do what is needed, including issuing subpoenas for documents and witnesses as may be necessary. It sounds like the Judge did not believe you in 2012, but if you had brought a CPS worker as a witness to support your claims, you probably would have been okay. A lawyer can review the case history and court orders and make sure that this time you have everything you need to prove fitness to get back custody of your child.
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Family Law Attorney
I could see where the DFS case might have been closed without you completing your requirements - for example, by way of a consent custody order (NRS 432B.550), or by making the guardianship "permanent" (nothing about guardianship is actually permanent). So the guardianship judge may be pointing out that objectively, you have not completed your CPS case plan requirements, and as such, have some work to do to terminate the guardianship. This is especially true if you objected to the guardianship and it was granted anyhow, which then extinguishes the "parental preference" and you have to show 1) a material change in the circumstances of the child or children; and 2) the child or children's welfare would be substantially enhanced by the termination of the guardianship (essentially the same standard used when trying to change custody from one parent having primary to either joint or primary custody the other way. In any event, it is clear, as you have been advised, that you need legal representation to walk you through this process...